Growing doing nothing new


Baptism at Moorlands Church

Baptism at Moorlands Church

Lancaster, 6 March 2005, 10am

In a tiny ‘gospel hall’ in a back street in Lancaster around 20 people begin to gather for the weekly meeting of Moorlands Church. The church is a mainly elderly congregation, who want to see their city reached for Jesus, but have found their numbers and energy dwindling. This morning, however, there is the excitement of a new beginning.

A small team, led by Danny Rurlander, who has moved with his wife Emma and four young children, has joined them with a vision to re-start the church in order to bring the gospel of Jesus to the city and its two university campuses. As Bibles are opened for the first sermon, everyone is conscious that God alone can give the growth through his powerful Word.

Lancaster, 8 March 2015, 10am

In the foyer of the Ripley Sixth Form Academy around 220 people gather over coffee for the morning meeting of Moorlands Church. Young and retired, families and students, people from Britain and the rest of the world from China to the Dominican Republic.

The place is buzzing with children. Bibles are opened with the same conviction with which the work began – that God grows his church through his Word. And the evidence is clear: after the meeting…(to read more click here)

Nathan Weston

This article was first published in the June issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Grace where East meets West


Andrew Sach (L), and Andrew Latimer – with Greenwich Park, Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf in the background

Andrew Sach (L), and Andrew Latimer – with Greenwich Park, Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf in the background

Greenwich, London SE10, is where East meets West at the world-famous meridian.

Every day couples from around the globe make their way to the observatory in Royal Greenwich Park to be photographed holding hands across the iconic line.

Partnership church plant

This September, Greenwich is going to be the meeting place of a different kind of partnership: a new church plant called Grace Church Greenwich, which represents the coming together of two other London churches.

St Peter’s Barge, a floating church started in 2003 to reach out to workers and locals around Canary Wharf, is partnering with St Helen’s Bishopsgate to form this new fellowship. Since its beginning, the church on the Barge has had a number of people from around Greenwich who travel across the river to church, and so it has been a natural area to consider planting into, but the numbers have not been sufficient to start anything. In partnership with St Helen’s, however, the two churches are able to combine forces and give it a go. As the Barge’s senior minister, Marcus Nodder comments: ‘How do you plant churches if you are a small church like the Barge? You take to heart the biblical maxim that ‘two are better than one’ (Ecclesiastes 4.9) and team up with another church to pool your resources!’

Original idea

One of the two new ministers, Andrew Latimer, explains how the idea came about: ‘We at the Barge have had a heart for Greenwich and have been meeting and praying in homes around the area for a while, and so it was a wonderful answer to prayer when the possibility of a partnership came up. Jesus sent his followers off in pairs, so I’ve been convinced for a while about the need for a partner in crime, and was therefore thrilled when the prospect arose of joining with Andrew Sach from St Helen’s to make this vision a reality. Not only are we friends, but he brings lots of gifts and experience which will be a real help.’

Privilege

William Taylor, rector of St Helen’s, is convinced that this is a model which should be… (click here to read more)

James Squire

This article was first published in the September issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, artciles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Prayer fuel: God’s fishermen and ‘Facegloria’


September issues en - pg11

September issues en – pg11

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the September issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for persecuted Christians worldwide.

Brazil: Facebook for faithful – Swearing and erotic content in any form is banned on a new social network site, similar to Facebook, launched by evangelical Christians in Brazil in June.

Poland: Honoured – On 12 July, representatives of the Jewish community honoured nearly 50 Polish Christians for saving Jews from the Nazi holocaust during the Second World War.

South Africa: God’s fishermen – In July, ahead of a mission in Port Elizabeth in August, Allan Verreynne, the chairman of the Port Elizabeth Mission Discipleship Committee, together with his son Brad, swam 500m out to a chokka (a type of squid) boat, got on board and shared the gospel with the crew.

For more news and prayer fuel from around world and in the UK visit our website or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Prayer fuel: Secularists backing preacher and porn regulation


UK News in brief - pg.3

UK News in brief – pg.3

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the September issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for our country.

Abortion facility to close – On July 21 it was reported that an undisclosed abortion facility is to close as a result of pro-life campaigning. The move has been described by Britain’s largest private abortion provider BPAS as a ‘first in the UK’.

Secularists back preacher – The National Secular Society have spoken out against the prosecution of a Northern Irish preacher who criticised Islam.

Porn regulation – New polling over 10 –12 July for social policy charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) demonstrates strong public support for the government’s commitment to regulate all websites with pornographic content.

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Editors commentary: Migrants and the Tunnel?


channeltunnel2WEBI was once offered a job with the Ministry of Defence.

It was in the days when the Channel Tunnel was first being proposed. At the interview I was asked what I thought about the implications of the tunnel for British security. In terms of conventional warfare it is not really a problem. But this summer the Channel Tunnel has become a gigantic headache for the government with enormous numbers of migrants desperate to get into the UK.

Security and compassion

Eurotunnel disclosed 37,000 attempts to breach security measures at its French terminal so far this year, with probably about 150 illegal immigrants reaching Britain each night as stowaways in vehicles. Lorries are parked up for days on the M20 in ‘Operation Stack’ in Kent because of the difficulties. This causes huge hold ups for trade and holiday makers.

As Christians we find ourselves torn. It seems as though half the world’s population wants to come and live here and there simply isn’t the room or the resources. Yet, on the other hand many migrants are fleeing not only economic hardship but also tyrannical and sometimes chaotic regimes in their countries of origin. They need compassion. Added to this some of those seeking to enter the UK could well be active Islamist terrorists. There is no easy solution to the problem.

Home to roost

A number of thoughts occur…..(to read more click here)

This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, subscribe to en or visit our website www.e-n.org.uk.

Migrant influx and the assisted suicide bill…(September issue highlights)


Coming up in the September issue of Evangelicals Now…

Back : Front Cover : UKnews : NIBS (Page 2)• Church plant in London’s Greenwich

• Europe’s migrant influx

• Disabled protest against assisted suicide

The September issue is out now! Read it online or enjoy the printed paper with your morning cuppa!

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The single track by Jacqui Wright: A message to the church


A message to the churchDear church and church leaders,

Possibly, like you, I left my single life in my early twenties when I married a pastor and became busy with ministry and having a family. I did not think about nor understand the singleness issue for people in our congregation, as it was never raised for my attention.

Unwilling divorce

In God’s sovereign providence, when my life took a dramatic turn to receive the gift of a hard grace: an unwilling divorce and becoming a single parent of five children under nine years old, then the singleness issue started to become real to me. My circumstances changed from being in the centre of church life, being admired, accepted, and understood, to being scorned, rejected and marginalised, by those very same people. I felt like a divorced single parent ‘leper’, which was truly shocking and grievous to me. In the very time of my need, the ‘fat sheep’ in the church pushed out the sheep who served them that had become ‘weak’ (Ezekiel 34). Even more shockingly, I found this to be true in many churches that I tried to become part of across continents.

God wastes nothing of our experiences and suffering, it is always multi-layered, and so over time… (to read more click here)

Further practical advice can be found at http://www.singlechristians.co.uk/info/church_leader

Jacqui Wright is a single Christian, and single parent of five kids for the past 16 years. She was married to a pastor which ended in an unwilling divorce. She is an independent Speech and Language therapist with practices in Bedford and on Harley Street, London. She is the chair of Bedford Christian Singles friendship and fellowship group.

This article was first published in the May 2015 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, artciles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.